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Mount Everest Base Camp through 6 Chinese province ending in Kathmandu, Nepal


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23 Sept - Zhangmu - Kathmandu

 

 

Today would be the final leg of our ride which covers the crossing of China - Nepal border and ends in Kathmandu. Prior to the trip, I spent an extensive amount of time inquisition for regulations of foreign vehicles entering Nepal. Most websites mentioned the need to carry one but i had a couple of friends who entered the same border equipped with it but was not asked for. There's one which mentioned it is only recommended but not necessary to have. A call with Automobile Association of Singapore suggested we get one but knowing the ridiculous amount we have to deposit for it, an acquisition of CdP is not an option. But finally after a couple of months, i managed to get hold of a 600 over pages of Nepalese Immigration Import Regulations which confirms that a foreign vehicle entering Nepal without a CdP requires to fulfill their temporary import regularities which includes paying a small fee. So i got it printed out and brought them along.

 

 

Morning was a busy day for 2 riders as they look for workshop in hope to get the bikes running. But as expected nowhere in Zhangmu carries a tire for the GSA and a fuel pump for the Dakar. So up the lorry they went again.

 

 

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Was expecting hold up in China but we cleared soon enough. On the other hand the issuance of temporary import customs in Nepal took all day and we were only good to go by 6 pm. 30 km of bad road along the valleys and was told by the villagers that it's good 90 km after that. So we wasted no time.

 

 

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The first 30km of our route was a badly damaged road. After this stretch, the road was paved but with lots of potholes. The ride from Kodari border to Kathmandu brought us through villages along the fast flowing rivers.

 

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We settled for the night at a district called Thamel. We checked in Hotel Nana for 1100 rupees per night.

 

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24 Sept - Kathmandu

 

 

Totally different vibes in Nepal. Language, outfits, habits and contrasting cultures. Hotel Nana was recommended by the 8 man group who scouted well for this place. We spent the morning having roof top breakfast while waiting for a shipping agent whom I contacted before departure. He was coming in to take measurements on our bikes for crating.

 

 

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While the carpenter took off to prepare 11 crates, we walked Thamel.

 

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25 Sept - Kathmandu

 

 

We booked a day tour for white water rafting the night before. First time for most of us.

 

 

 

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For a whole day event costing USD 20, I thought it was quite a steal. The boys certainly had fun although 2 of them donated an Oakley shades and a camcorder to the river bed.

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26 Sept - Kathmandu

 

 

After breakfast we were headed for airport cargo complex prepare the crates. Ejat made his way for airport to catch a flight home.

 

 

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That night we scattered around for shopping and some were seen just picking some corner joints for a good dinner.

 

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27 Sept - Kathmandu - Singapore

 

 

It's day 42 and it was time to go home. Although I could have wish for more days, but there's a couple of people back home who can't wait for this day.

 

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The good people of Hotel Nana. Not a fancy place but the staff made the difference.

 

Had a brilliant time in Nepal. Good natured people and relatively cheap for tourists. Loads of fun trolling down Trisuli river for white water rafting. The people certainly possess more charm than their fairer skinned neighbors. Poverty is more prominent but the people offer friendship and good will. The children in Tibet waves and ask for money, the children in Nepal waves to say hello.

 

Pokhara does sound enticing. Should be flipping the calenders once I'm home.

 

 

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It was pleasing to see familiar smiles and laughter. Comfortably soothing.The accomplishment was great feat for us but having friends and families consistently offering support makes it extremely meaningful and worthwhile.

 

We had a good team. I owe a lot to them for this completion. Their spirit, endurance, brotherhood. On many occasion, I learnt a thing or two from these chaps. They even managed to put on their biggest smile after 16 hours of ride through 360 km of off-road. They offer whatever they have in times of distress. They put the needs of others before theirs. We had frequent change of plans due to many unwanted events and not once they voiced any unhappiness. Often, we compromised quickly. My job was made easy by these brothers who understands the concept of group adventure touring. As for me, these guys did most of my jobs. These guys are my Kashgar heroes.

 

 

It was an extremely a great journey. Seen plenty through that non tourist route that makes me ever so grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to witness His creation on the other side of the world, to realize the values of life and what He has given to me and my family, to appreciate them, my loved ones and being loved by them. I don't have that much money but He made me realized that I have much more than what money can give me. I am sure these have been said a lot from the wise ones, but hearing is different from believing. I'm rich enough with those virtues and blessings upon me.

 

We saw children walking miles and miles to get to school. We rarely see that in Singapore, as most of them would have a seat in a school bus.

 

We saw children using scrap yard items as toys. In Singapore, we have futuristic playgrounds with parents or domestic helpers supervising.

 

We saw mothers tending to a push cart stalls with toddlers playing underneath.

 

We saw a family of father and daughter living off their car selling vegetables by the roadside. In Singapore, they would be referred to Ministry of Community Services.

 

We saw a house with just 1 single wall for the occupants to lean on. The other 3. Was not constructed in the first place. In Singapore, it's not fit to be called one.

 

It was an eye opener for most if not all of us.

 

Till the next one.

 

 

You can check out the video compiled by Anwar

 

 

 

For full coverage of pictures and documentaries;

 

http://yempaulantonio.blogspot.sg/2013/02/kashgar-adventure-journey-begins.html

 

http://yempaulantonio.blogspot.sg/2013/11/kashgar-adventure-journey-continues.html

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you guys are tough! thanks for sharing. How is it that you are able to ride in china? They do not recognise the IDP. Anyway to convert it? I plan to ride there, got the resident permit and proper visa but going to buy a bike there.

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you guys are tough! thanks for sharing. How is it that you are able to ride in china? They do not recognise the IDP. Anyway to convert it? I plan to ride there, got the resident permit and proper visa but going to buy a bike there.

 

With proper permit application, it is possible to ride in China but it is painstaking. And you are right, they don't recognize IDP. But your option of purchasing a bike there should be a better option.

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Inspiring...... this is definitely a trip that any passionate rider need to go once to make it memorable for a lifetime. as i was reading and reading i was wondering, wow are you guys going to ride back down home again ? then at kathmandu ooooh my question is answered ahahahahahahahaha. otherwise.....you need 84 days to complete the journey hehe

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